The Frog King

The Frog King

by Adam Davies
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The Frog King by Adam Davies

Harry Driscoll is living in New York City (if you call trying to survive on an editorial assistant's salary "living").

His family is wealthy (but Harry Driscoll is not).

His education is Ivy League (but what good is it doing him?).

His publishing job is entry level (with no exit in sight).


Harry Driscoll has a dream (if you call an unfinished manuscript hidden in the closet a "dream").

Harry Driscoll has a girl (although intercourse is out of the question).

Harry Driscoll even has feelings. (He asked this girl, one day in the park, to be in his life forever--and meant it!)

And the other girls? They're not the problem. (The problem is, Harry Driscoll cannot allow himself to say the word "love.")

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573229388
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2002
Edition description: 1ST RIVERH
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Adam Davies went to Kenyon College and received his M.F.A. from Syracuse University. He worked as an editorial assistant at Random House in New York City. He has also worked as an instructor of English literature and creative writing at the University of Georgia. He now lives in San Francisco and is writing his second novel.

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Frog King 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok, but the plot doesn't deserve so much high praise from reviewers.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't had a good read like 'The Frog King' in a long time. Adam Davies is DAZZLING as a first time printed novelist. His characters are so vivid, and not by their physical descriptions. They're vivid in the idiosyncracies the main character (Harry) picks up on for each of the characters. And it's scary that you can even recognize many of these characteristics in people that you know and work with! Most importantly, the dialogue between characters totally draws the reader into the scenes. The verbal banter had me laughing out loud at times...which probably frightened my fellow airplane travelers. A definite recommended read, and I can't wait to read more from Davies in the (hopefully) near future!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the reviews for this book I decided to purchase it, only to be disappointed. It moves extremely slow- it took me almost 3 weeks to read this book instead of my usual 3 days! The main character often explains thing is so much detail that one gets distracted reading through it. I had to go back and reread a few times because after reading several pages about something so minute I had no idea what the point of it was. The story moves extremely slow until the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Davies has a way of making the pathetic seem enchanting and down right hiliarious. However, like the back of the book says, "...this is no fairy tale." Be prepared, and MAYBE you will come out not needing prozac.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ivy Leaguer Harry Driscoll¿s plans to take over Manhattan via the publishing industry have been edited into some sort of cosmic joke. Instead Harry works as an editorial assistant at Prestige Publishing, which in the book industry means he is beneath the lowest rung of the food chain. Harry loathes his job and that shows in his performance where he works harder at being a misfit with an astronomical error rate than working manuscripts. The only positive thing at the moment in Harry¿s dismal existence is his new girlfriend Evie Goddard, who is also a beneath the food chain editorial assistant. In spite of caring deeply for Evie, Harry, who cannot say that four letter ¿L¿ curse, spends an inordinate amount of his time checking other skirts. Unable to deal with her beloved¿s wandering eyes, Evie ends their relationship not with a bang but with a whimper. Harry realizes what he lost, but still cannot say that four letter word, love, to her. THE FROG KING is an amusing Manhattan romp starring a goofball, whom the intelligent Evie should have earlier or better yet, never take up with such a dud in the first place. The story line is jocularly satirical when Adam Davies takes the reader inside the nastiest elements of the publishing industry as seen from someone enviously looking up at the butts that he wants working exclusively on his manuscript. However, the tale loses steam after awhile as most of the plot centers on the aptly named FROG KING, a buffoon who spends too more time riveted on his needs than forging a meaningful relationship. Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the great pleasure of having Adam Davies as an instructor for my freshman comp class..his book is just was I was hoping for..amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book. I am not much of a reader but this book intrigued me. I could not put it down until I finished it. It always has you thinking and wondering about whats going to happen next. The author understands women and men. He keeps this book real. Topics such as marriage, rejection, death, working for what you want, homeless people, Love, work, and cheating are parts of this book. I think almost anybody can relate to this book and feel what the author is talking about. It's an awesome book. I recommend that you read it. You will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam Davies has written an amazing book that a whole load of people can relate to. Anyone that lives in NYC will love his local lower east side bar references and be heart-warmed with his tales ot drunken-ness and week night bar tales. His story will uplift you as you will realize that no matter how bad it does get better. Other folks that will like it would be anyone in marketing, PR and especially the publishing world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great! I couldn't put it down, reading THE FROG KING was like watching a good movie. Harry Driscoll is a riot! Ratty apartments, drinking on the job, and kitty litter filled rolls of quarters, this guy has problems but you gotta love him! I am looking forward to another book from Davies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Frog King is to the novel as the Krispy Kreme is to the doughnut. People should stand in line to get one. I could not put it down. Although I read it in two days (at the supermarket, in line at LL Bean, walking down the street), I later wished I had controlled my appetite for his delicious prose so that it had lasted longer. But then Krispy Kremes do that to you. Enough of the doughnut analogy. Davie's is a master story teller. The reader gets inside Harry Driscoll's mind---from one digression to the next. You can almost feel yourself sinking with Harry the hairball, wanting to beg him to see what he's doing to himself and Evie. Publisher's Weekly didn't understand the book. It's a coming of age book. Yet it's also a book about not writing a book---until the end. It's a love story about someone who can't love. It's a non cliche about a cliche. It's a story of redemption and metamorphosis. It's a comedy about a tragedy. In short,it's a brilliant first novel. Although I'm long past Harry's age, I still have a memory and can relate to the pitfalls of that age. But even if I could not relate to Harry's character, I would love the book for Davies' writing. It was one of the best books I've read in a long time. If you don't read it, you might turn into a frog yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
entertaining and easy to read...very funny at had to love poor Harry D...worth a read!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Despite the fact that Harry's narrative sometimes gets sidetracked (this guy's attention span rivals my younger brothers',) his thoughts are poingant, and often hysterically funny. I especially enjoy his words on finials, and Fruity Newtons. :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the book really easy to read but, in the end, didn't feel it was very well structured. The end of the book wrapped everything up in a quick, disjointed fashion. The first 3/4 of the book seemed to cover at least a year while the final quarter tried to bring about the character's redemption in a very short time. I thought it was fine for light reading but also found it a bit depressing as a twenty-something in NYC.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The shamelessly honest narrative of Harry Driscoll and the subtle sensitivity lent to the backdrop of New York City make this book more than worthwhile. Adam Davies has done it all. He has given us a narrator to both hate and love, a setting to crave, and a story to compel us. A great book for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is Adam's first novel. I searched for other books by him and didn't find anything. I read a lot, but this book definitely stands out. Every time the main character, Harry, does something stupid, you want to kill him. But by the end, you can appreciate him for the complex person he is. (and you probably know someone just like him!) A fast, fun, light-hearted read. You'll continue to think about it long after you put it down. There's something here for everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
definitely a witty quick read. but at the heart, the book is incredibly thin and fluffy. probably not unlike the author's twisted, unfortunate perspective as well as his ethics and treatment of younger, more vulnerable female undergrads that he prays upon. not a bad read at all, considering today's standard of dribble. but considering the source of this material, i would stay away from this craddle-robber. ultimately, this book shows some promise, but has a long long way to go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author reminds me of the writing styles of Bret Easton Ellis and Douglas Coupland, but Adam Davies suceeds where the other two fail in capturing real life. Very witty and cleverly written book about Harry Driscoll's experiences (dating, loving, partying, and working in the publishing industry) while living in New York City. Couldn't put the book down and finished it in one sitting. A must read for those who are trying to make it in New York City. Eagerly looking forward to Adam Davies's next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I met Adam Davies recently. If the rest of this book is as charming as he is, I see nothing but a bright future for him. As a former editorial assistant, I can say with some confidence that Davies has nailed the nefarious inner mechanics of a big publishing company. He's also pretty good at nailing the similarly nefarious inner mechanics of a typical NYC twentysomething male. For a smart end-of-summer read, this is a great pick and I'll be recommending it to my customers.